Category talk:Energy

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Revision as of 19:16, 8 August 2008 by Lonny (talk | Contributions) (response to david about Renewable energy)
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Below are some thoughts that were background on the version of Energy cat as of the datestamp on this note: --CurtB 21:34, 11 February 2007 (PST)




BatteriesElectric lighting[2]Fuel cells
Grid intertieMicrocapicitors
Human power[3] Pedal power
Solar pumping • Solar vaccine refrigeration
Wave power • Wind power


Cookers Solar
Hydronic radiant heating
Insulation Strawbale • Fiber board • Fiberglass
Passive solar design • Refrigeration
Solar hotwater< • Thermal mass • Thermodynamics


Biodiesel • Biogas • Ethanol • Hydrogen

(Legacy categories)
Renewable energy



  1. there's some inconsistency here. A mix between sources of energy and forms of energy. Sources may be: human, animal, wind, water, solar, etc. Forms might be mechanical, thermal, electrical, light, etc. We have human and wind under electrical, but windmills can be used for, yep, mills, or for pumping, with no electricity involved. Solution? A more complete subcategorization by energy form, or by source, or possibly both
  2. Highlights the categorization problem. Need a "lighting" section
  3. Subcategories may not be needed
  4. Category:Biofuel already exists...

Hey, all:

Forgive me, but I must be blunt. Some misguided focus has created many many details unsupported by some fundamentals. There needs to be topics on the 2 most sustainable sources of generating electrical energy: one is "Solar Energy", and the other is "Wind Energy". Subcategories for each should include at least 2: "Small Scale (Residential/Business)" and "Utility Scale". I had the editing skills, I would add them, but I still need to learn.

Pay attention to the basics.

David W. Potter Messages done with sustainable energy, with Wind and Sun!

Hi David,
Thank you for your input. Right now these topics (Solar, Photovoltaics and Wind power) are under Renewable energy, but maybe they should just be listed under Energy, i.e. getting rid of the subcategory renewable and calling it all energy. What do you think?
Thanks, --Lonny 12:16, 8 August 2008 (PDT)